Special Exhibitions

The basilisk, Zeus and the kidnapped professors

The basilisk, Zeus and the kidnapped professors

The mythical creatures and portrait art of the Basel sculptor Ferdinand Schlöth (1818–1891)

27th August – 23rd December 2018 
Skulpturhalle Basel, Mittlere Strasse 17

To celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Ferdinand Schlöth (1818–1891), the Skulpturhalle Basel will put some of the Basel sculptor’s works on display. He created four of the most striking basilisks for the city of Basel as well as sculptures of ancient mythical figures and portraits of eminent Basel professors.

For the more energetic and for families: discover many interesting facts about basilisks by following in the footsteps of the Basel heraldic animal on a circuit through the inner city!

Download "Map Basilisk Citytour" (in German only)





Naked! The art of nudity

Naked! The art of nudity

26 October 2018 – 28 April 2019 
Antikenmuseum Basel

With the debates surrounding feminism, gender studies, and, more recently, #MeToo, questions are increasingly being raised about the artistic representation of naked bodies. Yet the nude figure is a universal visual theme, deeply rooted in the history of art. Although appearing in public without clothes was considered shocking in ancient cultures, naked bodies of men, women and children are ubiquitious in the art of Antiquity - most of all in the art of Ancient Greece, which was obsessed with the human form. For the artists and patrons of those days, the depiction of nudity had various associations, for example with immortality, religious sanctity, or the pristine state of nature; even the ideal of civilised man was celebrated through the imagery of the naked body.

Using selected examples from our own collections, the exhibition Naked! illuminates every facet of the art of nudity in the ancient world, probing its meaning and demonstrating its legacy.

Introduction and exhibition text





Gladiator. The true story

Gladiator. The true story

22 September 2019 – 22 March 2020
Antikenmuseum Basel

Gladiatorial combat was part of the culture of ancient Rome, and Gladiators - contrary to what popular clichés may suggest - were not merely slaves who died gory deaths in the arena, but men striving for a Roman identity. In autumn 2019, the Gladiators are coming to the Antikenmuseum. The special exhibition reveals exciting facts about these brave man, whose hard work earned them a place in Roman society. Superb loans, mainly from Italy and Switzerland, and the latest scientific discoveries throw surprising new light on the life of Gladiator. In collaboration with our two Partners, the Museum Augusta Raurica and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples, the Antikenmuseum will present a spectacular mise-en-scène, stunning exhibits, and interactive experiences.

Admission: CHF 20/5

Audio guide in German, French and English

Guided tours in English: 29.9./27.10./24.11./22.12./26.1./23.2./22.3., 2pm.

Guided tours in French:
22.9./20.10./17.11./15.12./19.1./16.2./15.3., 2pm.

Flyer as PDF

Digitorial (in German)

Happy Arabia? Myth and Reality in the Land of the Queen of Sheba

Happy Arabia? Myth and Reality in the Land of the Queen of Sheba

18 January – 2 July 2017
Antikenmuseum Basel

Who has not heard of it, the story of the legendary Queen of Sheba? She is said to have travelled to Jerusalem from faraway Arabia with her camel train laden with riches to visit King Solomon. The queen and her homeland, the ancient South Arabia in what today is Yemen, have since been associated with infinite wealth. Luxury products such as frankincense and myrrh, but also spices, textiles and gems, which fetched enormous Prices in the West, were transported on the ancient South Arabian caravan routes.

Admission: CHF 15/5

Guided tours: 27.1./24.2./24.3./28.4./26.5./16.6., 6pm.

Flyer as PDF

Art Basel Parcours 2017 

Art Basel Parcours 2017 

12 June  – 18 June 2017
Antikenmuseum Basel

Art Basel Parcours 2017 returns with 22 site-specific artworks sited around Basel's historical Münsterplatz.

Antikenmuseum Basel shows Site of the Fall: Study of the Renaissance Garden, 2016-17, by Reza Aramesh (IR) and Footnote to a fountain, 2017, by Sophie Nys (BE).

Entrance fee: free

Opening hours:

Mon,12.6.: 13.00 - 21.00 hrs

Tue,13.6.: 11.00 - 21.00 hrs

Wed,14.6.: 11.00 - 21.00 hrs

Thu,15.6.: 11.00 - 21.00 hrs

Fri,16.6.: 11.00 - 18.30 hrs

Sat,17.6.: 11.00 - 0.00 hrs

Sun,18.6.: 11.00 - 19.00 hrs






Die Avantgarde der Kontinuität. Markus Lüpertz im Antikenmuseum Basel

Die Avantgarde der Kontinuität. Markus Lüpertz im Antikenmuseum Basel

12. November 2016 – 12. Februar 2017
Antikenmuseum Basel

Markus Lüpertz ist einer der führenden europäischen Maler und Bildhauer.  Für ihn ist die Antike Inspirationshort und künstlerischer Gradmesser. Seine Werke entstehen in der Auseinandersetzung mit antiker Kunst. Zum 50-jährigen Jubiläum des Antikenmuseums stellt Lüpertz Zeichnungen und Bronzefiguren ausgesuchten Werken unseres Hauses gegenüber.

Ausstellung in Zusammenarbeit mit der Galerie Knoell


Upcoming Exhibitions

Gladiator. The true story

Gladiator. The true story

22 September 2019 – 22 March 2020
Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig

Gladiatorial combat was part of the culture of ancient Rome, and Gladiators - contrary to what popular clichés may suggest - were not merely slaves who died gory deaths in the arena, but men striving for a Roman identity. In autumn 2019, the Gladiators are coming to the Antikenmuseum. The special exhibition reveals exciting facts about these brave man, whose hard work earned them a place in Roman society. Superb loans, mainly from Italy and Switzerland, and the latest scientific discoveries throw surprising new light on the life of Gladiator. In collaboration with our two Partners, the Museum Augusta Raurica and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples, the Antikenmuseum will present a spectacular mise-en-scène, stunning exhibits, and interactive experiences.
New! Audio Guide in English and French

Photo: Studio portrait of a dragoman (travel guide), albumin print, 1860-1880, Félix-Adrien Bonfils (1831-1885)© as collection by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron Cabinet, Basel.All rights reservedOriental Grand Tour. Photographs from the Ruth and Peter Herzog collection 

Photo: Studio portrait of a dragoman (travel guide), albumin print, 1860-1880, Félix-Adrien Bonfils (1831-1885)
© as collection by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron Cabinet, Basel.
All rights reserved

Oriental Grand Tour. Photographs from the Ruth and Peter Herzog collection 

14th June - 27th Sept. 2020  
Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig

In conjunction with the large special exhibition entitled “THE INCREDIBLE WORLD OF PHOTOGRAPHY. The Ruth and Peter Herzog collection” at the Kunstmuseum Basel and the exhibition “MIDDLE AGES AND MODERNITY. Photographs from the Ruth and Peter Herzog collection” at the Historisches Museum Basel, the Antikenmuseum Basel will stage a special exhibition on 19th century orientalist photography. At that time, foreign travel to the Middle East experienced a veritable boom. From the tradition of going on a so-called ‘grand tour’ of cities and places particularly in Italy and Greece, popular since the late 17th century especially amongst the English gentry and undertaken as part of an individual’s education, evolved a form of tourism which was marketed mainly to wealthy Europeans, taking them to various locations in the Middle East. Some of the classic stopovers on these tours were Athens, Beirut, Damascus, Jerusalem and Constantinople. The popularity of this type of travel was enhanced further by the then still relatively new technology of photography, which not only gave travellers an opportunity to create their own mementos but also increased the allure of such journeys for those who had stayed at home. The selection of photographs from the Ruth and Peter Herzog collection on display at the Antikenmuseum Basel is an outstanding series of photohistorically important works highlighting some of the destinations on these tours. Special focus is on archaeological sites in the Middle East, some of which had not only never been photographed before (Persepolis) but have since been destroyed by the Syrian civil war (Palmyra). The newly designed artificially lit space houses the oriental collection of the Antikenmuseum consisting of treasures from Mesopotamia, Syria, Turkey and Cyprus and is ideally suited for this purpose. 

The exhibition will be realised thanks to the generous support of Dr. Claudia E. Suter.

Entrance fee: CHF 10/5

Free admission every Thursday and Friday from 5 pm, as well as Saturday and Sunday.

Art Basel Parcours 2018

Art Basel Parcours 2018

11 June - 17 June 2018 
Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig

‘I have been discretely slipping into various museums sites with my tiny stories since 1992. The first project was called Nine Objects, which I created for the National Museu of History in Sofia in 1992, placing nine contemporary objects among the permanent displays – such as a plastic coffee cup inside the glass case showing a millennia-old golden vessel. There was no special announcement of these barely visible objects, hence the visitors’ surprise when they saw them. Since that time, I have been “fooling around” in many museums collections, always respecting
the artefacts, trying to make my comments almost
invisible, yet still discoverable. For the Antikenmuseum in Basel I was more than happy to doodle tiny fables over the glass cases storing the museum’s permanent Displays.The stories around the precious objects are often related
to the very distant past, but they mainly talk about our uncertain present and our hard-to-imagine future.’
– Nedko Solakov

Free admission



CULTURESCAPES: The Decline of Heroes

CULTURESCAPES: The Decline of Heroes

20 October – 21 Januar 2018
Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig

The Decline of Heroes, curated by CULTURESCAPES co-curator Kateryna Botanova, is a group show overlapping contemporary artistic visions on the roles of heroes with the ancient ones. Intervening into the part of permanent collection of Anikenmuseum, called “The Greeks and Their World: Identity and Ideals”, this exhibition shows ideals and identities shaken and shocked by multiple crises that hit the country and made it yet again face its history. The exhibition asks uneasy questions: Should there be a hero at all? Where does this urge to find someone to put on the burden and the responsibilities of changing this inadequate world come from? What if we are entering a whole new different world now — the world without the heroes, the world, where no one can save anyone anymore?

Giorgos Zamboulakis and the Experimental Theatre of Thrace show video documentation of their landscape action performances “TeaTime Europe” and “EatTime Europe”, where the idyllic landscapes and much praised hospitality of eastern Greece are challenged with the inflow of people, who are trying to take refuge. Adonis Volanakis’ installation “The Holly Bachelorette in the Wedding Cave” is a careful look into the position of women, torn between the burden of traditions and their own aspirations. Alexandros Vasmoulakis’ “Heroes” mural, created specifically for the museum, is a sensual experience of the entanglement of the violence and beauty, pertinent to the past as well as to the present. While “The Tourists” by artists collective Depression Era is an inverted story of an non-existing touristic campaign for visiting Athens with the slogan “You’ve Got a Great Future Behind You”. It takes the visitor on a journey through museum rooms, showing Greece one might not want to see, and providing a mirror on oneself that might turn very challenging.

The arts festival Culturescapes has been a highlight of the festival scene in Switzerland, and in Basel in particular, for over a decade. Each edition of the festival showcases a different country or a particular region. 

Entrance fee:

Before Oct 29th: CHF 10/5

From Oct 29th: CHF 20/5

Website Cultureescapes





Scanning Seti. The Regeneration of a Pharaonic Tomb

Scanning Seti. The Regeneration of a Pharaonic Tomb

29. October – 6. May 2018
Antikenmuseum Basel

The rock-cut tomb of Pharaoh Seti I, discovered in 1817 by Giovanni Battista Belzoni, is the most outstanding burial site in the Valley of the Kings. Once extolled for its imaculate preservation, the grave is now in a pitiful state owing to the depradations of ruthless souvenir hunters.

An exact copy of the 3,300-year-old royal tomb is on display in an impressive special exhibition at the Antikenmuseum Basel.

Thanks to watercolours documenting its wonderful decorations, made at the time of the discovery, combined with the most up-to-date scanning and reproduction processes, it has been possible to recreate the tomb in its original beauty. Climb down into the magnificent burial chambers of Seti I and discover the pharoanic monument in all its ancient glory, as Belzoni did 200 years ago.


Entrance fee: CHF 15/5

Führungen: jeden So um 11 Uhr und jeden Do um 18 Uhr.
Visites guidées: 20.1./17.2./17.3./21.4/19.5./16.6. à 18h.
Guided tours: 27.1./24.2/24.3./28.4./26.5./16.6., 6pm.
Siehe Veranstaltungen

Workshops für Schulklassen

Kurs der Volkshochschule beider Basel

Rahmenprogramm inkl. Familiensonntag

Flyer als PDF

Presse


Past Exhibitions

Naked! The art of nudity 

26 October 2018  – 28 April 2019

Basilisk, Zeus and the kidnapped Professors 

27 August 2018 – 23 December 2018

Scanning Seti. The Regeneration of a Pharaonic Tomb 

29 October 2017 – 6 May 2018

Culturescapes: The Decline of Heroes 

20 October 2017 – 21 January 2018

Happy Arabia? Myth and Reality in the Land of the Queen of Sheba

18 January 2017 – 2 July 2017

Sammler und Mäzene. Giovanni Züst und 50 Jahre Antikenmuseum Basel 

29. September 2016 – 2. April 2017

Der versunkene Schatz – Das Schiffswrack von Antikythera


27. September 2015 – 27. März 2016

Blumenreich – Wiedergeburt in Pharaonengräbern


3. September 2014 – 29. März 2015

Roma Eterna – 2000 Jahre Skulptur aus den Sammlungen Santarelli und Zeri
.

Juni 2014 – 18. Januar 2015

Wann ist man ein Mann? – Das starke Geschlecht in der Antike
.

6. September 2013 – 21. April 2014

Petra. Wunder in der Wüste – Auf den Spuren von J. L. Burckhardt alias Scheich Ibrahim


23. Oktober 2012 – 20. Mai 2013

Sex, Drugs und Leierspiel – Rausch und Ekstase in der Antike.

20. Oktober.2011 – 15. Mai 2012

Ägypten, Orient und die Schweizer Moderne – Die Sammlung Rudolf Schmidt (1900 – 1970)

25. März – 31. Juli 2011

ausgegraben! – Schweizer Archäologen erforschen die griechische Stadt Eretria.


22. September 2010 – 30. Januar 2011

Hermes statt SMS – Kommunikation in der Antike. 

26. März – 15. August 2010

Köstlichkeiten aus Kairo! – Die ägyptische Sammlung des Konditorei- und Kaffeehaus-Besitzers Achille Groppi (1890–1949).

16. Oktober 2008 – 3. Mai 2009

Homer – Der Mythos von Troia in Dichtung und Kunst.

16. März – 17. August 2008

Das Gold der Thraker – Die alten Zivilisationen Bulgariens.


13. März – 18. Juli 2007

In Pharaos Grab – Die verborgenen Stunden der Sonne.


22. September 2006 – 28. Januar 2007

Bunte Götter – Die Farbigkeit antiker Skulptur.

11. August – 20. November 2005 (in der Skulpturhalle Basel)

Tutanchamun – Das goldene Jenseits.

7. April – 3. Oktober 2004

7000 Jahre persische Kunst.

13. Februar – 29 Juni 2003 

Agatha Christie und der Orient.

29. Oktober 2000 – 1. April 2001

Syrien – Wiege der Kulturen.

4. November 1999 – 9. April 2000

Basler Ausgrabungen in Petra / Jordanien.


9. Dezember 1998 – 31. August 1999

Kostproben aus alten Kulturen um das Mittelmeer. Objekte aus der Sammlung T. und H. Bosshard-Wirz.

16. April – 30. September 1998 

Das Lexikon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae. Blick in die Zukunft.


1. April – 15. Juli 1997

Ägypten – Augenblicke der Ewigkeit. Unbekannte Schätze aus Schweizer Privatbesitz.


20. März – 13. Juli 1997

Die Büchse der Pandora. Frauen im Klassischen Griechenland.


28. April – 23. Juni 1996

Lebendiges Jenseits. Faksimiles und Aquarelle etruskischer Grabmalerei.


16. März – 2. Juli 1995

Pompeji wiederentdeckt.

19. März – 10. Juli 1994

Petra und die Weihrauchstrasse.

12. August – 14. November 1993

Paradeisos. Frühe Tierbilder aus Persien in einer Basler Privatsammlung.


10. Dezember 1992 – 2. Mai 1993

Der Entwurf des Künstlers. Bildhauerkanon in der Antike und Neuzeit.


10. Juni – 1. November 1992

Sethos ein Pharaonengrab.

5. Dezember 1991 – 29. März 1992

Der zerbrochene Krug. Vasenfragmente klassischer Zeit aus Athen und Grossgriechenland, Sammlung H. A. Cahn.

13. Juni – 31. Oktober 1991

Orient und frühes Griechenland. Kunstwerke der Sammlung H. und T. Bosshard.


13. Juni – 14. November 1990

Schutz und Zier. Helme aus dem Antikenmuseum Berlin und Waffen anderer Sammlungen.

28. November 1989 – 10. März 1990

Persepolis – ein Weltwunder der Antike.

5. April – 2.Juli 1989

Zweitausend Jahre Leben auf dem Monte Iato.


7. Februar – 15. April 1989

Maske, Ziegenbock und Satyr: Ursprung und Wesen der griechischen Maske.

3. Mai – 18. Dezember 1988